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County Meath Ghosts, Folklore and Paranormal Places

White Spotted Dog

Location: Diamor - Moat
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A secret room in the moat was said to contain nine kegs of gold protected by a large black dog with a white spot. The only way to escape with the gold was to stab the dog three times with a dagger to the white spot.

A skulk of foxes.


Location: Gormanston - Area around Gormanston Castle (currently part of a college)
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Prior to a death of a Viscount Gormanston
Further Comments: Whenever all the local foxes gather at the front door of the castle, a death will occur soon after.

Peter Fourth Earl of Fingall

Location: Killeen - Killeen Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The former Earl of Fingall has been observed a few times around the castle, always dressed in a blue coat and powdered wig. The library is also haunted by strange noises and moving furniture and fittings.


Location: Lough Sheelin - Under the water
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A man dived to the bottom of the lough after making a wager that he could find something to bring up. He discovered an underwater house, in which he stumbled upon an old woman. She gave him a copper skillet to take back to the surface. As he left the house, the man was chased by a giant eel, but managed to escape.

Abducted Woman

Location: Lough Sheelin - Waters of the lough
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A farmer spotted a beautiful woman leave the lough and forced her to return to his farmhouse. Eventually she agreed to stay with him, on the condition that she never glazed upon the lake again. Twenty years passed and the farmer and the mermaid had several children. While waiting for the farmer to return from the fields on a clear day, the mermaid spotted the lough in the distance and fled towards it, never to be seen again.

An old postcard showing the Hill of Tara.

Man with Hound

Location: Navan - Skyrne Castle, Hill of Tara
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom man, tall and covered by a cloak, once haunted this area, accompanied by his hunting hound. The area is also home to a shadowy nun and a woman in white who screams as she is chased by an unidentified shadow.

Fairy Tree

Location: Navan - Two hawthorn trees on the Hill of Tara
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Trees still present
Further Comments: The two trees here belong to the fairies - damaging them, or even just taking a clipping, would result in bad luck befalling the perpetrator.

Hovering Hitchhiker

Location: Nobber - Country lane in the area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local myth says that two people in a car stopped to offer a man standing by the roadside a lift, believing him to be a hitchhiker. The person on the passenger side then noticed the figure was hovering above the ground. The people drove away at speed.

Dropped by a Witch

Location: Oldcastle - Loughcrew passage tombs, aka Slieve na Calliagh (Hill of the Witch)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Tombs still present
Further Comments: In a ritual to grant her great power, a witch leapt around the hills here, dropping stones which formed the cairns. However, on her fourth jump she stumbled and died, her body forming Patrickstown Hill.


Location: Skryne - Skryne Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghostly nun was once watched as she slowly dissolved into nothingness. She has also been heard walking in empty parts of the building, though the footsteps could belong to a white woman (thought to be a murdered maid) who also haunts the castle.

An old postcard of Slane Castle.


Location: Slane - Slane Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The Puca which resided at the castle was considered its protector and would take the form of a large hound or small steed. The entity wore a chain around its neck regardless of form, so was always recognisable.

Shattering Cross

Location: Slane - Village green
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large stone cross which once stood on the village green was said to have risen from the ground before shattering with such force that pieces were recovered from Teltown, some twelve miles westwards.

Sky Ship

Location: Tailltenn (now known as Teltown) - Exact area not known
Type: UFO
Date / Time: Between AD 944 and 956
Further Comments: Conghalach Cnoghbha, High King of Ireland, and his men were said to have spotted a sailing ship in the sky here. A crew member of this ship threw a spear at a salmon, also in the sky, which missed and landed close to Conghalach. The crew member leapt from the ship and, swimming in the sky, came down to the ground to retrieve the spear. One of the King's men grabbed the swimmer, who screamed out 'I'm drowning!'. Conghalach told his man to release the crew member, who 'swam' back to the ship which then disappeared into the clouds.

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